Rolf Benirschke, one of San Diego's most visible local figures, has joined the California Bank & Trust team in a spokesman capacity and will serve as a customer ambassador and participate in media marketing and developing new business relationships. Benirschke is widely known for his 10-year career as place-kicker for the San Diego Chargers and for his role in numerous philanthropic organizations, including the San Diego Zoo, Scripps Hospital, the San Diego Blood Bank, United Way and many others. Since retiring from the Chargers, Benirschke has remained in the business, community managing several business relationships under Rolf Benirschke Enterprises. He is a much sought-after motivational speaker and continues to volunteer for numerous charitable organizations locally and nationally. It was as a customer of California Bank & Trust that Benirschke came to know and appreciate the bank and its high level of service and support and to develop a personal relationship with the bank's management team in San Diego. "When I was first approached about representing the bank, it became an intriguing opportunity and an easy decision because of my long history as a customer," Benirschke said. "I have participated on many successful teams over the years and this group reminds me of them in a number of ways. I have always been impressed by their commitment to service and the caliber of people they hire, but it was the camaraderie and genuine way the employees cared for each other that sealed the deal for me." "California Bank & Trust is deeply committed to San Diego and prides itself on building and maintaining relationships with its customers, and for me that is everything." Benirschke will work with California Bank & Trust in its media relations and help expand activity with existing customers, as well as help develop new business banking relationships. "We're delighted to add Rolf Benirschke to our team at California Bank & Trust," said Chris Skillern, executive vice president/managing director. "As a valued customer, he understands first-hand the distinctive aspects of our service and local commitment. He will be a big help in communicating our message to the business community and we are thrilled he will be working with us."